Recognition for hotels in battling Covid-19
Hotels are working hard and playing a crucial role in helping prevent Covid-19 from getting out of control in our communities.
Following latest media reports, NZHOA is working with Megan Woods’ office, the Minister responsible for managed isolation and quarantine, to ensure the tireless efforts of hotels and our staff are recognised.
Security upgrades in managed isolation and quarantine hotels
To track movements and implement rapid contact-tracing, the government is rolling out the CovidCard; a Bluetooth-enabled gadget for staff in managed isolation hotels.
The trial also includes installing thermal CCTV cameras to raise the alarm if returnees attempt to break out and coincides with the deployment of 500 troops to strengthen security.
National calls for mandatory testing of all returning Kiwis
In its border policy released today, National wants all Kiwis returning home from overseas to have tested negative for Covid-19 before being allowed back into the country.
National leader Judith Collins describes mandatory testing as a “small price to pay” to stop New Zealand yo-yoing in and out of lockdown and is calling for contact-tracing to be boosted, as well as uptake of the NZ COVID Tracer App.
Wage Subsidy extension does little for tourism
NZHOA continues to lobby the government for targeted assistance with the wage subsidy disappointing and far from the support we need.
Having seen our occupancies on the up during the July School Holidays and at the start of the ski season, hotels are now back to square one managing thousands of domestic leisure and conference cancellations.
While cafes, restaurants and bars were back to ‘business as usual’ last month with spend volumes up 9.9 per cent to $987 million, hotels continue our sustained period of little revenue and unpredictable future bookings.
Airbnb must share the load of taxes and compliance
NZHOA will voice its serious concerns around the unlevel playing field hotels face with peer-to-peer accommodation providers when it meets with the MBIE-led inter-agency government group.
The government is looking at regulating Short Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) and is considering a compulsory registration and data sharing system and working to create consistency across all 78 New Zealand Territorial Authorities.
Airbnb has said it is committed to working with government to ensure hosts meet their tax obligations. NZHOA will be ensuring that this actually becomes the reality.
New Resurgence Wage Subsidy announced
The government has announced a new two week payment for businesses who are not getting the Wage Subsidy, Wage Subsidy Extension or the Leave Support Scheme.
Applications can be made from 1pm on Friday 21 August 2020 to 3 September 2020.
It is open to employers throughout New Zealand.
The eight week Wage Subsidy Extension is still open for applications and this may be a better option for some employers.
Information on these subsides can be found here
NZHOA outlines our hotel sector’s unique challenges to media
One-stop-shop for Employment, Education and Training
A new government website has launched connecting New Zealanders to employment, education and training. The site connected.govt.nz also includes links for business support.
Visit the government’s Covid-19 website for further information and latest updates.
Join NZHOA so we can continue to be a strong industry voice representing the real issues our sector faces as we work together to get through Covid-19 and out the other side.
New Zealand Hotel Owners Association
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